These verses complete Matthew's Christmas journey. We have gone from the Far East, to the city of Jerusalem, down to the little village of Bethlehem, into the land of Egypt and now to the village of Nazareth. We have also completed a Journey in the Old Testament because we have gone from gone from Micah 5 to Hosea 11 to Jeremiah 31 and now the prediction that the newborn King will be called a Nazarene.
There are many titles that were given to the Lord Jesus at His birth. Some of them seemed to stick while others didn't seem to lay hold. For instance, back in the first chapter of Matthew we are told in verse 23 that His name would be called Immanuel which means God with us. We have no record that people called the Lord Jesus Immanuel when He walked upon the earth. We are told that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us and John in his gospel says that Jesus Christ was the Word of God, God with us, but they didn't commonly refer to Jesus as Immanuel. But when the Scripture predicts here that His name would be called the Nazarene, there was a title that seemed to latch on. Sometimes, in fact, Jesus referred to Himself as the Nazarene. Other people referred to Him as Jesus of Nazareth.
You may remember that when reference was made to the apostle Paul in the book of Acts, someone said of him that he was the ringleader of the sect of the Nazarene. There is today a very fine population of people who call themselves the Nazarenes. So to this very day, Jesus is known as Jesus of Nazareth and His followers are known as the Nazarenes. I am praying that before this service is over that many of you who have come this way today will make up your mind to lay hold of that title yourself. When you walk out of this building, you will willingly, openly, gladly call yourself a Nazarene, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.
You will notice in verse twenty-three it says "so- that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the pro ...
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